Mass Reading & Meditation for August 18, 2013
Meditation: Hebrews 12:1-4
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Persevere in running the race.” (Hebrews 12:1)
Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who holds the record as the fastest person ever. Nicknamed the “Lightning Bolt,” he has won many Olympic gold medals and World Championships. Like Bolt, many top athletes in the world dedicate countless hours to working out, training, and eating right to obtain their dreams. They make many sacrifices in their time and activities so that they can stay focused on the prize.
Do you consider yourself a Christian athlete running the greatest race of your life? Well, that’s what you are. Right now, countless angels and saints, along with Jesus and your heavenly Father, are cheering you on. They want to see you win. They have faith and hope that you can do it, too! What’s more, you’re not alone. A huge community of believers is running with you, all reaching for the prize together.
During the race, Jesus wants you to know him not only as the Savior and Messiah but as your best friend and trainer! And to help you run, he wants you to receive his own strength and power, his own encouragement and excitement. He also wants to see you strengthen your spiritual muscles as you lend a helping hand, encourage someone who is downcast, and reach out to share God’s word along the way. He wants to help you be free from the self-righteousness, moodiness, and impatience that can bog you down so that you can soar with eagles’ wings!
Jus remember one thing: This is a marathon, not a sprint! So pace yourself. Don’t think you’ll attain your goal overnight—or even in the course of one year. Day after day, Jesus has mapped out a certain portion of the course for you to run. That’s all you need to worry about. Just keep your eyes fixed on him, and you’ll find yourself marking mile after mile after joyful mile. Then, at just the right time, he’ll be there at the finish line, waiting to hand you your crown.
“I am here to win the race Lord! Crown me with your glory!”
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40:2-4, 18; Luke 12:49-53